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Internet censorship in Russia has taken another step this week. Politicians, bloggers and independent news sites are being targeted for content blocks. But avid readers in the country can continue to access content with a Russia VPN. Content censorship is a move against basic freedoms that all should enjoy. Now all people can use a powerful Russia VPN to protect their right to access free information.
Russian Content Blocks
The Russian government is using almost any excuse to block content from news sites, bloggers and even certain politicians. They claim that the blocks are being set up to retain order. The blocks are there to properly implement the rules on house arrests, they say. And the government says they also help to stop unlawful protests from forming. Russian censorship began in 2012. The government claimed that it wanted to control content that encouraged suicide, drug use and child pornography. It seems clear now that this was a pretext for passing censorship laws to provide precedence.
Russian ISPs have been ordered to block a predetermined list of news websites. The site administrators have also been ordered to take down the servers that host the content. This content censorship follows the removal and replacement of Ekho Moskvy’s independent editor by a director supportive of current government ideas. The website of this radio station, Giant Echo in English, have also been blocked. Included in the list of banned sites are http://navalny.livejournal.com/, the website of Alexei Navalny. Navalny is well known for his continuing campaign against corruption. His site was ordered blocked to meet the conditions of his house arrest. Opposition website http://kasparov.ru/ of Garry Kasparov and http://grani.ru/, an online news site, are also blocked. Kasparov commented that these websites report news and do not advocate particular political agendas. The Prosecutor General of Russia added more websites to the blacklist. The reason was that they encouraged people to get involved in protests that were unauthorized by the government.
Russia VPN Access
People can continue to access content regardless of blocks if they have a powerful Russia VPN. And site managers can continue to provide them with news and information by using the same powerful Russia VPN services. Servers that host content may have been ordered shut down. But the content can go back up again under the protection of private servers. The best VPN providers offer dedicated private servers that can anonymously house content to protect it from detection and censoring. Freedom of expression has been publicly declared worldwide as a universal right. It is set down clearly in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19.